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Sacramentum Caritatis

Posted: Tuesday, March 13th, 2007 @ 2:09 pm in Liturgy, Sacraments | Comments Off on Sacramentum Caritatis

As I am sure you know, the much anticipated AE is out. Plenty of other bloggers have it covered pretty well, so I will just offer a few thoughts. First off, this document is a theological reflection on the Eucharist, not a liturgical document per say. As such is good for education and catechesis, but […]

God’s Mercy

Posted: Sunday, January 7th, 2007 @ 9:49 pm in Sacraments | 1 Comment »

I made it into confession before Mass for the Epiphany. As usual I felt an enormous relief when I cam out, but this time I also felt a little like I was cheating. Why is it, I wondered, that God should make it so easy for us to come back to Him? I do sincerely […]

Matrimony and Eucharist

Posted: Thursday, October 12th, 2006 @ 3:00 pm in Sacraments | Comments Off on Matrimony and Eucharist

My really old missal highlights some excellent symbolism in the sacrament of marriage. “It is better for husband and wife that they should receive the sacrament of marriage at Mass, for on the altar is always renewed and realized more and more the mystery of the union of Christ and His Church which was consummated […]

Cyprian of Carthage on the Eucharist, Part I

Posted: Thursday, September 28th, 2006 @ 3:30 pm in Liturgy, Sacraments | 3 Comments »

Thanks to Mike Aquilina’s great blog The Way of the Fathers, I was prompted to read St. Cyprian‘s excellent treaties on the Eucharist (written around 250 AD). Unlike many modern bishops, Cyprian was taking pains to correct liturgical abuses in his diocese, particularly an emerging trend of offering only water for the blood of Christ. […]

The Feast Of Corpus Christi

Posted: Sunday, June 18th, 2006 @ 9:58 pm in Liturgical Calendar, Liturgy, Sacraments, Theology, Time After Pentecost | 1 Comment »

Here are a few thoughts from my old (circa 1932) missal on Corpus Christi. The missal indicates that the dogma of the incarnation is second in importance only to the dogma of the Trinity (which makes sense to me, but I never thought of it before). It says, “After the dogma of the Holy Trinity, […]

Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Posted: Wednesday, April 5th, 2006 @ 3:29 pm in Sacraments | Comments Off on Gifts of the Holy Spirit

This past weekend I was visiting my parents, and attended mass at their parish. There was a youth group in attendance from a nearby protestant church. I’m not sure why they came, but Father made an effort to explain the liturgy to them (which I wish he would have done ahead of time). But the […]


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